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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
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Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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This Public Land Survey Mark is on Hwy 2, 1.6 km east of Hwy 424 near Starbuck, Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 10/21/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2004

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2002

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2003

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by David Evans and Associates, Inc., David K. Bateman in 1996

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/14/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 1998; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0575

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/14/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 2000; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0573

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/14/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 2000; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0973

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/8/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 1998; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0975

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/8/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Bill Ham in 2001; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 1551

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/29/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 2000; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 1373

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/27/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS corner set by David Evans and Associates, Inc., Dave Bateman in 1996

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/27/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2004

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/9/2014

last visited: 10/19/2014

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2004

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/9/2014

last visited: 10/19/2014

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PLSS witness corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2004

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/9/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2003

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/9/2014

last visited: never

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Survey marker by FF Flournoy in 1915

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NOV8TR

location: California

date approved: 9/6/2014

last visited: never

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The mother of all Indiana marks! Initial Point is still used in legal descriptions today,just as it was intended in 1805. From this point west, most of the United States is laid out with the surveying system first established at this point.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dnrseekers

location: Indiana

date approved: 9/2/2014

last visited: 10/15/2013

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 1985; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0171

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/31/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 1985; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0173

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/31/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS township corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 1985; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0175

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/28/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2001; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 2351

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/28/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William Ham in 2001; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 1351

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/28/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksCEPI REC COM 1990 LS 5528 - Rawlins, WY

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This survey mark is located near two historical makers.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Wyoming

date approved: 8/28/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walt Miller in 1998; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 2163

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/24/2014

last visited: never

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